clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Bethesda home that housed one of Maryland’s most controversial figures lowers price to $1.59M

Learn about the long history of the Tait-Trussell House

All photos via Compass

One of Bethesda, Maryland’s most famous residences, the Tait-Trussell House, has been on the market since October 2016, but it has now lowered in price once again. It first listed for $2,495,000 before lowering to $1,799,000 in June 2017. It is now up for grabs for $1,595,000.

The home dates all the way back to 1901 when it was constructed by Galen L. Tait, a land developer, lawyer, and collector of internal revenue in Maryland. He was known as “one of the most controversial figures in Maryland political history,” according to his 1953 obit in the Washington Evening Star. The Washington Post further reported that Tait later was Maryland’s Republican chairman from 1914 to 1934 and then again from 1942 to 1948.

After Tait’s death, his daughter, Beatrice, and her husband, C.P. “Peck” Trussell, took ownership of the property. Peck worked as a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times. From 1946 to 1949, he also worked as governor of the National Press Club.

Inside the residence, there are six bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms across 4,655 square feet of space. Some of the highlights include handcrafted plaster moldings, multiple fireplaces, and spaces for a library, media room, and office. An additional adjoining lot, spanning 6,000 square feet, is also offered for sale, according to the listing.

The listing agent is Michael Moore of Compass.

4900 Western Avenue [Compass]

This $1.7M Bethesda single-family home once housed a controversial politician, Pulitzer Prize winner [Curbed DC]

A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and politician once lived in this $2.4M Bethesda home [Curbed DC]